The Westone 3 True-Fit Earphones feature top-of-the-line sound to go with their top-of-the-line price tag; they should be a top choice for audiophiles who desire ultraportable headphones.
The design of the Westone 3 True-Fit Earphones is a bit unconventional, namely because of the cable. Each wire is individually coated in black rubber and then braided to form the overall cord. Westone asserts that this winding characteristic contributes to both the comfort and durability of the cord.
Westone includes an optional inline volume control attachment that increases the overall length by 10 inches. There's also a quarter inch adapter, a cleaning tool, and a soft-sided zipper pouch, along with perhaps the largest selection of eartips we've ever seen.
There are four sets of stiff and tapered rubber eartips in three sizes, three sizes of soft silicone sleeves, three sets of foam fittings in various lengths, and one triple-flanged set. We couldn't even fit them all in this shot.
Despite the wide array of tips, the Westone 3 earphones will provide a bit of a challenge for small-eared users. We were eventually able to get a comfortable fit and noise-isolating seal with one set of foam tips, but the 'buds still didn't seem entirely secure. Mostly, this has to do with the large size of the earpieces: they measure more than three-quarters of an inch across. On the plus side, the 'buds and cable are very light, which helps them stay put.
All that being said, we completely forgive the large size of the Westone 3's earbuds because the company manages to shove three balanced armatures into each one. Put simply, this equals fantastic audio reproduction.